From The Dallas Voice, Friday, Nov. 25, 2016
As we mark World AIDS Day 2016, Dallas Voice takes a minute to recognize just a small handful of the people in North Texas that have dedicated themselves to the ongoing fight against HIV/AIDS. Listed below, in alphabetical order, are those DFW Metroplex activists in the LGBT community who have been included in POZ Magazine’s POZ 100 — Celebrating the South.
As you read through the list and honor these people, remember that even though the advent of new medications has turned HIV from a quick death sentence to a chronic but manageable disease for many people, the battle continues.
“People don’t always realize what we do,” David Hearn said recently of the Greg Dolgener Memorial AIDS Fund, the organization he founded to help people with HIV/AIDS meet emergency needs.
The organization — which Hearn founded 20 years ago and named after his late partner, who was an AIDS activist and volunteer until his death in 1994 — donated $1,000 to Resource Center to use in filling empty shelves at the agency’s food pantry for people with HIV/AIDS. GDMAF also donated $1,000 to help repair damage from a fire at Legacy Founders Cottage. “We saw those things as emergency needs,” Hearn said.
But GDMAF’s primary function is to help individuals with HIV/AIDS who have an immediate financial need that other AIDS service organizations are not geared to fill — like money to make repairs to the car that gets that person to and from their job and their doctor appointments, or money to pay rent or utilities if a person comes up short one month.